Richard Mille Unveils Lightest Automatic Wristwatch, the RM 67-02

A pair of watches for Olympic medallists Wayde van Niekerk and Mutaz Essa Barshim.
Richard Mille RM 67-02 1

Introduced just before the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, the pair of new RM 67-02 automatics have been designed for Richard Mille‘s ambassadors who will be both competing at the athletics competition. Created to be worn while on the track – and captured by all the cameras in attendance – the RM 67-02 weighs just 32 grammes, making it the lightest self-winding watch in the Richard Mille collection. That’s just seven sheets of A4 paper.

The green RM 67-02 was conceived for South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk – a world record holder and Olympic gold medallist – with the colours of his country’s flag echoed on the case and movement. That also explains the purple and white colour scheme of the second RM 67-02, which are the national colours of Qatar, the country of up and coming high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Wayde van Niekerk 1

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Wayde van Niekerk 3

While the colours differ both RM 67-02s are identical in materials and movement. The coloured front and back plates of the cases are made of Quartz TPT, while the black case bands are made of Carbon TPT. Both are carbon composites made by North Thin Ply Technologies (NTPT), a Swiss materials specialist, with the banded appearance the result of the carbon fibre layers and coloured resin binders.

The watch has a largish footprint, measuring 38.7mm in diameter and 47.52mm long, but is slim at just 7.8mm high.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Mutaz Essa Barshim 2

Both new models are based on the extra-flat RM 67-01, and equipped with the same in-house CRMA7 movement that has a rotor with carbon composite spokes and a white gold outer mass. As with many movements used in Richard Mille watches, the base plate and bridges of the CRMA7 are titanium.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Wayde van Niekerk 2

The RM 67-02 is fitted to a seamless elastic strap, similar to that found on the RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal.

Richard Mille RM 67-02 Mutaz Essa Barshim 1

Price and availability 

The RM 67-02 is priced at SFr118,000 before taxes. That’s equivalent to US$124,000. They will be available later in the year.


 

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